Sunday, October 22, 2017

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie(s) using the link up tool below! 



Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
5. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! 

6. Share this image on your social media so others can enjoy all of these freebies!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie(s) using the link up tool below! 



Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
5. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! 

6. Share this image on your social media so others can enjoy all of these freebies!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Set Up a Buddy Program at Your School


Buddy Programs are so wonderful! They allow a child with special needs to be paired up with a typical peer that becomes their buddy. They and their buddy have lunch together, hangout, help one another out, recognize one another for special events, and whatever else good friends do. Our students not only get to have a buddy, but they also get to be a buddy to someone too! The Buddy Program gives children a sense of belonging and is a great way to build and sustain relationships between general education and special education children.

Have you wanted to implement a Buddy Program at your school, but didn't know where to start? 

Well today I'm sharing my Buddy Pack with you that will provide you with everything you'll need to start your own Buddy Program and it's editable!

It's super easy to implement and includes Step-by-step directions.
The Buddy Program should be optional, so a "Volunteer Student Letter" is included that you will have GE teachers send home with their students. Depending on how many buddies you need, you may want to start with just inviting one GE class to participate as you don't want to end up with too many buddies to assign. 1-2 buddies per student is good.
 A blank Volunteer Student Letterhead is included in case you'd like to customize your own letter.
Attach the "Share Your Favorites" Sheet to the "Volunteer Student Letter" to help your students learn a little bit about their buddies.
 A Good Buddy Checklist is included to help buddies understand their responsibilities as a buddy. You will review this with your buddies once you know who they are and meet with them.
 Buddy Slips are used to assign buddies and include a short paragraph about their buddies interests, favorites, or maybe even their least favorite things. This is where you will also include important information a buddy may need to know.
 Use the "Buddy Assignment Sheet" to keep track of your buddy assignments and designated times if applicable.
My students love having a buddy and being a buddy too! My buddies typically have lunch together, play at recess, and come into my classroom and help. They are also invited to our class birthday parties and other celebrations. This year I'm going to try to also plan a Buddy Pizza Party. 

You will find that some of your buddies will dwindle in the beginning as you'll have that handful of kids that won't take it serious and will decide they'd rather play with their own friends. But that's okay. You can always recruit other classes and you'll always end up with a handful of dedicated, loyal buddies. I also like to switch up my buddies from time to time and offer sign ups at different times throughout the year. 

You can download the FREE Buddy Program Pack here and get started at your school today!

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie(s) using the link up tool below! 



Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. You may link up 1-3 freebies.
3. Your freebie can link to your blog or store.
4. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
5. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! 

6. Share this image on your social media so others can enjoy all of these freebies!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Top 10 Digital & Audio Book Sites for Kids

Books are expensive and I've found that while many of my students don't have access to a large book collection at home, they have access to technology. 

There are so many online digital libraries out there that share a wealth of children's books right at your fingertips. But the truth is, many of them are pricey, very nonuser-friendly, and don't provide a very good book selection.

I've done some research and piloted numerous online digital libraries in my classroom the last couple of years and today I share "The Top 10 Digital & Audio Book Sites for Kids." All sites are user-friendly, teacher-tested, and hassle-free!!

This site features tons of award-winning titles you'll recognize.
  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available
  • Books read by famous actors

Features books on just about every imaginable topic you could think of.
  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • No audio
  • Reliable search engine

  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • No audio
  • Search by age, topic, time, or conversation


I LOVE Epic! It's my definite fave and my students too! Choose from many eye-catching titles, customize your library, and create your own avatar.
  • Free for teachers
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available

Did you ever think to look on You Tube for read alouds? It is often my go-to for read-alouds. Just search your book and choose a video.
  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available
  • Friendly search engine

You can also find read-alouds on School Tube.
  • Free
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • Friendly search engine

I love Education.com for lessons, activities, interactive games, and songs...but did you also know they have over 70 audio books on their site? Education.com limits the number of downloads with the free membership, but downloads are unlimited with the premium membership.
  • 3 free downloads per month
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • Common Titles

The premium membership is well worth the investment. You can read all about the perks of education.com in a blog post I wrote here...AND membership is 50% off right now!

Farfaria is another one of my favorites! While it is not free, subscriptions are as low as $4.99/month and as low as $20/year for teachers. That's not very much at all, when you consider 1-2 books can easily cost a whopping $20. 
  • $$
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available
  • Thousands of stories


Another phenomenal audio book site! Although, not free, worth every penny when you take into consideration the price of books. 
  • $$
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available
  • Thousands of award-winning titles
  • "I can read it" mode for struggling readers
  • Word lists and vocabulary components

Another fabulous audio book site! This subscription is only $4.99 a month, which again is much cheaper than purchasing hardcover books. You can also try it free for 30 days.
  • Free 30-day trial
  • User-friendly
  • Audio Books
  • App Available
  • Award-winning titles
  • Customize your library
When you look at the price of books these days, you can't beat these prices for providing good quality books to your children. Or try out the sites that are free! Audio books are engaging to children, and the other great thing about audio books is that children are exposed to modeled reading. 

No more excuses that they didn't have a book to read at home!

No more spending exhausting hours and valuable time searching for good digital/audio book sites! I've done the work for you and I know you and your children will find all of these sites very enjoyable.